The full tracklisting to U2‘s new album Songs Of Surrender has been announced. The 40-track collection is based around the concept of Bono‘s recent memoir and is broken down as a two-record set, with each member being represented by a single side of music.
Songs Of Surrender, which drops on March 17th will be available as a full 40-track digital set; a limited edition 40-track double CD with hardback deluxe book; and a limited edition 40-track four-vinyl collection.
The Edge spoke about Songs Of Surrender in the album’s official announcement:
Music allows you to time travel, and we became curious to find out what it would be like to bring our early songs back with us to the present day and give them the benefit, or otherwise, of a 21st century reimagining.
What started out as an experiment quickly developed into a personal obsession as so many of our songs yielded to a new interpretation. Intimacy replaced post punk urgency. New tempos, new keys, and in some cases new chords and new lyrics arrived. A great song, it turns out is kind of indestructible.
The process of selecting which songs to revisit started with a series of demos. I looked at how a song would hang together if all but the bare essential elements were taken away. The other main aim was to find ways to bring intimacy into the songs, as most of them were originally written with live concert performance in mind.
Reviewing these sketch recordings with producer Bob Ezrin, it was very easy to see the ones that worked straight off the bat and those that needed more work. We all got into the sensibility of less is more.
Bono explained that at the end of the day, it’s the connection between his music and the listeners that makes it matter: “That is, y’know, (laughs) my drug of choice. That’s for me, the thing. I cannot believe you hear this melody line in your head and you, sort of, take it down and you find words for it and arrangement for it — and the next thing y’know, you can be in a car in Tokyo, and it’s on the radio. That’s really my, my drug of choice. And songs are everything, really, to us.”
The complete Songs Of Surrender tracklisting is:
Side 1 – The Edge
Where The Streets Have No Name
Stories For Boys
11 O’Clock Tick Tock
Out Of Control
Every Breaking Wave
Walk On (Ukraine)
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Side 2 – Larry
Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Get Out Of Your Own Way
Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
Red Hill Mining Town
Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
The Miracle Of Joey Ramone
City Of Blinding Lights
Side 3 – Adam
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
If God Will Send His Angels
Until The End Of The World
Song For Someone
All I Want Is You
Peace On Earth
Side 4 – Bono
With Or Without You
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Lights Of Home
I Will Follow
Two Hearts Beat As One
The Little Things That Give You Away